36 Die in new wave of attacks in Iraq

Baghdad, Aug 10 (EFE).- At least 36 people died and another 144 were wounded Saturday in a series of car-bomb attacks that shook Baghdad and the town of Tuz Khurmato, 210 kilometers (130 miles) north of the Iraqi capital, police officials said.

The deadliest attack occurred in downtown Tuz Khormato, where 10 people died and 48 were injured by the explosion of a car driven into a crowd by a suspected suicide bomber.

The second attack was perpetrated by two vehicles loaded with explosives that blew up consecutively in the Shaab district near a market on the east side of Baghdad, killing six civilians and wounding another 20.

The explosions also destroyed several stores and cars, the officials said.

At the same time, five people lost their lives and another 15 suffered injuries when a car bomb exploded in the Khazimiyah area with its Shi'ite majority on Baghdad's north side, while five civilians were killed and another 13 wounded in a similar attack in the Baiyaa area in the southwestern part de la capital.

The same sources said a vehicle loaded with explosives blew up in the Abu Dashir area in south Baghdad, causing the deaths of three people and wounding 13.

In the Baghdad Al Yedida sector, three civilians died and another 12 were injured in the same kind of attack.

In the Amil district, also in the southwest of the Iraqi capital, two civilians lost their lives and another 14 were wounded in a car-bomb explosion.

The sources also reported two people killed and another nine hurt by a similar attack in the Zafaraniyah sector of south Baghdad.

The attacks came one after another despite the large-scale deployment of security forces during the current Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the Muslims' sacred month of Ramadan.